Polk Museum of Art

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Polk Museum of Art
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Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland, Florida
Polk Museum of Art is located in Florida
Polk Museum of Art
Location within Florida
Established 1966
Location Lakeland, Florida
Coordinates 28°02′13″N 81°56′56″W / 28.03686°N 81.94895°W / 28.03686; -81.94895
Type Art museum
Director Claire Orologas
Curator Adam Justice
Website www.polkmuseumofart.org

The Polk Museum of Art is a nationally accredited art museum in Lakeland, Florida. It is a member of the Florida Association of Museums and is ranked among the top art museums in the state of Florida.[1]

It was originally established by the Junior Welfare League in 1966 and called the Imperial Youth Museum. The museum was renamed Polk Public Museum in 1969 as part of its expanded focus on art, history, and science. The museum's current name was adopted as part of its first building campaign in the 1980s.

The museum currently displays art from the Pre-Columbian era through the contemporary, featuring hundreds of works each year in a variety of exhibits. These exhibits often revolve around a central theme or idea and link artworks from the ancient past with those of modern artists. Polk Museum boasts a permanent collection of over 2,500 works and a number of traveling exhibits which provide diverse displays that include American folk art, modern masters, Japanese prints and textiles, African art, a permanent Pre-Columbian display, and much more.

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  1. ^ "Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, Florida". www.flamuseums.org. Retrieved 2008-06-19. 

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